Oct 16, 2019, 7:00 pm


Salt Lake City

Wasatch Front Region


Salt Lake City Public Library
210 E 400 S
Salt Lake City , UT 84111-2804
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City Art is pleased to welcome Z.G. Tomszewski and Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal on Wednesday, October 16th at 7:00 PM in the 4th Floor Special Collections of the City Library.

Z.G. Tomaszewski has three published works; "River Nocturne," “All Things Dusk ” an International Poetry Prize winner selected by Li-Young Lee and published by Hong Kong University Press in 2015 as well as the chapbook “Mineral Whisper” (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Tomaszewski currently resides in the midwest lending his hands to preventative maintenance in historical spaces. Because traveling tends to offer such a wealth of creative inspiration and fresh perspective, he spends much of his free time applying for artist residencies, reading (and re-reading) books from his private home-library, occasionally stopping to write on hiking trails and giving readings as well as poetry lectures when time allows. When there’s a pause in that routine, Tomaszewski can be found making music, tending to the garden, listening to the porch chimes with his lips to a cup of perfumed green tea, rummaging through thrift stores with a ponderous agenda and going for long drives exercising his northern-eyes pointing out every red-tail hawk, deer and sandhill crane in sight to his lover.

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; the hybrid photo-text memoir, Intimate; and six books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos; Six Girls Without Pants; The Invention of the Kaleidoscope; Animal Eye, a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize; Imaginary Vessels, finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Prize and the Washington State Book Award; and Nightingale. She is also the author of The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam. Appropriate: A Provocation, a book-length essay examining cultural appropriation, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.

Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes (2009, 2013), Narrative’s Poetry Prize, the AWP Creative Nonfiction Prize, and various state arts council awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, the Best American Poetry series (2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019), and on National Public Radio, among others. She teaches at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web project Mapping Salt Lake City. In May 2017, she was named Utah’s Poet Laureate.

This event is made possible with support from City Art, The City Library, and Utah Humanities.